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Meatball-Stuffed Crust Pizza Star

You’ve probably heard of stuffed crust pizza before, but have you heard of meatball-stuffed crust? That’s right. This pizza recipe completely takes things to the next level. In the middle, it’s your average cheese pizza, but it’s surrounded by a crust loaded with homemade meatballs. It’s the sort of show-stopping party app you’ll want to bookmark for a special occasion.

by Alix Traeger

35 minutes

35 minutes

Ingredients

for 3 servings

  • 1 lb
    ground beef (455 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup
    bread crumbs (60 g)
  • ½ cup
    grated parmesan cheese (55 g)
  • ¼ cup
    fresh parsley, chopped (10 g)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt
  • ½ teaspoon
    pepper
  • 1 teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon
    oil, for cooking
  • 11 oz
    pizza dough (310 g)
  • ½ cup
    marinara sauce (130 g)
  • 1 cup
    shredded mozzarella cheese (100 g)
  • olive oil, for brushing

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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  3. Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs.
  4. In a medium cast iron or nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  5. Working in batches cook the meatballs until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  6. On a sheet of parchment paper, press the pizza dough into a large circle, about 12 inches (30-cm) in diameter.
  7. Cut 8 evenly spaced 2-inch (5-cm) slits on the edge of the dough.
  8. Place one meatball on the edge of the dough between 2 slits. Pull the corners of the dough around the meatball and press into the dough, sealing the meatball in a dough pocket. Repeat with the remaining meatballs.
  9. With the help of a friend, transfer the pizza and parchment to a baking sheet.
  10. Spoon marinara sauce into the middle of the pizza and spread evenly.
  11. Sprinkle mozzarella over the sauce, or add your favorite pizza toppings! Brush the dough around the meatballs with olive oil.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the dough is golden and just cooked through.
  13. Slice with a pizza cutter and serve.
  14. Enjoy!
 

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